Goat Sucker
Goat-Sucker
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Other Names
El Chupacabra, Vampire Dog

Description:
Mangy dogs and shriveled prunes these are not. The occasional weird looking dog gets a trail camera shot of it or a blob washes up on the Puerto Rican coast and the locals point to it as a sign of the impending apocalypse. Just be glad the truth is a little stranger.

The Goat Sucker, dubbed El Chupacabra by the locals, is the size of a large dog, completely lacking fur or other similar coverage on its skin. As far as retrieved (dead) specimens go, the largest found measured 20 lb four days into decomposition, measuring in at about a yard long from head to tail splayed out on its side. Our field biologists and several contracted Guatamalean veterinarians can agree that the species lack sweat glands or follicles, but are assumed to be Marsupialian from pouches observed on both sexes of specimens. Goat Suckers are possibly descended from a continued direct line of early Therapsids, appearing vaguely mammalian with several reptilian facial features.

Goat Suckers need to eat just as any other animals do, but contrary to local belief and "vampiric" descriptions, they don't just consist on blood but do scavenge from carcasses. On occasion, they will seek out small prey to devour and supplement their diet with fruits or wild berries.

The things definitely aren't accepted by mainstream science as they harbor a yet understood ability: Evolutionary Mimicry. These Vampire Dogs are extremely adaptive, able to incorporate their meals' DNA into their own and temporarily acquires these traits. Most famous reports (see Shell Dog Encounter Report in the Records section) indicate a preference for armadillo carcasses or armadillos for their defensive capabilities. These sighted Chupacabras appear similar to their basic form, though their skin has grown a hardened segmented carapace where floppy skin would normally go. Other similar acquisitions are gliding wings from fruit bats, immense jaw strength from snapping turtles, and opposable thumbs from howler monkeys (much to my dismay). The forms they turn into are temporary, passing through their bodies after a week of consumption. The more of the same animal they eat, the longer they can stay in that evolved state. Plants and fruits don't seem to have any effect on them. Despite some understanding of their abilities, our Central American Security Team (CAST) at work creating exclusion zones for these things to keep them away from communities. We still don't know what happens when they eat human flesh and we want to make sure we don't find out.

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